US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Markets open flat after jobless data, sales

NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks opened little
changed on Thursday as initial jobless claims fell slightly
more than expected and retailers reported a drop in March
sales, although results were not as bleak as anticipated.

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The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: Quote, Profile, Research) was down 11.51
points, or 0.09 percent, at 12,415.24. The Standard & Poor’s
500 Index (.SPX: Quote, Profile, Research) was down 0.87 points, or 0.07 percent, at
1,334.67. The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: Quote, Profile, Research) was up 0.43
points, or 0.02 percent, at 2,800.25.

(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Kenneth Barry)

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Markets open flat after jobless data, sales